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Post 01/20/2015

Cowlitz Fish Report for January 20

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 283 coho adults, three jacks, 179 winter-run steelhead and five cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Post 01/05/2015

Nisqually River fishing closed for January

Action: Close the Nisqually River to all fishing.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. January 6, 2015 through January 31, 2015.

Species affected: All species.
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Post 12/31/2014

January 2015 WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: Winter steelhead are still the name of the game for many anglers in the lower Columbia River Basin, although several other fisheries are beginning to compete for their attention. Starting Jan. 1, sturgeon retention is allowed seven days a week from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam, and 45,000 freshly planted rainbow trout will be available this month in 14 lakes around the region.
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Post 11/20/2014

Record set for Cowlitz River coho returns

Monday, November 17, was a banner day at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery in Lewis County, where a record number of coho salmon have already returned for the season. From Aug. 16 through Nov. 17, Tacoma Power employees handled 87,054 coho adults, topping the previous record of 85,632 set in the 2002-03 season.
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Post 11/18/2014

Fish Black Friday for rainbows stocked in SW Washington lakes

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering prospective anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.
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Post 05/28/2014

"Decision Documents" and FTC meeting summaries updated on Tacoma Power's Fisheries Technical Committee Web site

Tacoma Power recently added on its Cowlitz Fisheries Committee Web page these “decision documents”.
  • HOR Steelhead to upper Cowlitz River Basin
  • Coded-wire strategy: Cowlitz Falls Dam
  • 2014 Mayfield downstream fish survival study
  • 2014 Cowlitz Falls Dam FCE study
  • Cowlitz Falls Dam No. Shore Collector - 60% design approval
Also on that page are links to the Fisheries Technical Committee meeting summaries for January through April 2014 (and for previous years).

For more links to information about Cowlitz River fisheries plans, go to
this page at CowlitzFish.net